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21 March 2019

The early bird registration rate for the World Hydropower Congress closes on Friday 22 March.

The world’s most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, innovators and experts is in Paris from 14-16 May, bringing together representatives of industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event, which is organised by the International Hydropower Association and supported by a range of partner organisations.

The World Hydropower Congress provides an unparalleled opportunity to share experiences, guide policies and develop strategies to strengthen the sector’s performance and support sustainable development.

This year’s event will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.

The venue is Espace Grande Arche, situated at the foot of the monumental Grande Arche, an architectural icon of modern Paris, representing a ‘doorway to the world’.

Hundreds of leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from more than 70 countries will be in attendance. Across 37 invaluable focus sessions and workshops, participation will provide an opportunity to take on new learnings, strengthen networks and build enduring partnerships for the future.

Delegates will share knowledge on how hydropower can be financed, developed and operated sustainably, as they learn from success stories and experiences from across the sector.

Three prestigious awards will be announced during the Congress: the IHA Blue Planet Prize for a sustainable hydropower project, the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower and the IHA Young Researcher Award.

Participants can also join a tour of hydropower projects in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal or Switzerland between 17-18 May. All tour places must be booked by 5 April.

IHA hosted the first world congress in Turkey in 2007, followed by Iceland in 2009, Brazil in 2011, Malaysia in 2013, China in 2015, and Ethiopia in 2017.

The last World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2017 drew 700 delegates from more than 60 countries.

Learn more and register today: hydropower.org/congress

21 March 2019

IHA members can now stand for election to the association’s Board.

Nominations are open for the IHA Board elections, which will take place between May and July 2019.

The elections will decide who among the membership will oversee IHA’s work in the 2019-2021 period.

To be eligible, election candidates must be either an individual member or employed by a corporate member.

If elected, candidates must be willing to contribute to the shared responsibilities of the Board, and commit to attend the majority of its meetings. The Board meets three times a year.

How to stand as a candidate

To stand as a candidate in the IHA Board elections, you should fill in a nomination form, which you can download here to confirm your interest.

The schedule for the 2019 elections is as follows:

  • 26 April: Closing date for candidate nominations
  • 15 May: Presentation of candidates at the IHA General Meeting           
  • 29 May: Voting opens (ballot forms are distributed to members) 
  • 10 July: Voting closes 
  • 12 July: Election results are announced 
  • 18 September: First meeting of the new Board

You can read IHA’s five-step guide to standing in the board elections here.

If you wish to stand for election, please send your completed nomination form to elections@hydropower.org, fax it to +44 208 643 5600, or post it to IHA Central Office, International Hydropower Association, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, London, SM1 1JB, UK.

14 March 2019

Africa’s fourth largest river basin, the Zambezi, offers vast hydropower resources that can support sustainable economic development and prosperity across southern Africa.

The river basin’s technical potential of nearly 15,000 megawatts in installed hydropower capacity could prove sufficient to meet the estimated combined electricity demand of Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – known as the Riparian States.

Using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) as a guiding reference, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the World Bank partnered with government agencies and local organisations to assist the Riparian States in developing and utilising the basin’s hydropower resource in a sustainable and responsible way.

The 2018 assistance programme consisted of a series of assisted self-assessments using the HSAP across the river basin followed by an ‘operation stage’ official assessment of the existing Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme in Mozambique.

Participants from a range of operators and water resources managers, including Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa, the Zambezi River Authority and ZESCO, learned how to apply the principles enshrined within the HSAP to their own hydropower projects.

João Costa, Senior Sustainability Specialist at IHA, said: “The application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Zambezi River Basin provided regional stakeholders with the necessary information to effectively promote, manage and deliver sustainable hydropower and ensure the long-term viability of project benefits.”

Following the completion of the programme, the World Bank published a report titled ‘Application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Zambezi River Basin’ in January 2019. The report provides an overview of the capacity building programme and summarises the results and lessons learned.

In its conclusion, the report notes: “The [Hydropower Sustainability Assessment] Protocol is a useful mechanism to foster cooperation and knowledge sharing among hydropower developers and operators, enhance transparency in the dissemination of information on sustainability performance and promote the sustainability of projects through assessments.”

Kimberly Lyon, Water Resources Management Analyst at the World Bank and co-author of the report, commented: “This work demonstrates the usefulness of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in a range of customised applications and shows that it has value for our clients seeking to elevate the way hydropower projects are developed as part of a process of continuous improvement.”

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol was launched in 2010 and offers a framework for assessing hydropower projects against a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria.

The HSAP is one of three Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tools, along with the Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice and the Hydropower Sustainability ESG Gap Analysis Tool, available to the hydropower sector to promote sustainability and measure performance in project planning, development and implementation.

Find out more online: hydropower.org/sustainability

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tools will be presented to delegates at a focus workshop prior to the World Hydropower Congress in Paris, 14-16 May 2019, in association with Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Organised by IHA, the high-level biennial event will bring together industry, government, finance, civil society and academia to set priorities for the future of the sector. To register to attend, please visit the event website.

1 March 2019

The HYDROPOWER EUROPE forum has launched an online consultation for stakeholders from the hydropower sector, policy-makers, civil society and academia.

The initiative, which is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, aims to gather inputs from the hydropower community to define a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and a Technology Roadmap for Europe.

The agenda and roadmap will aim to guide funding authorities, in particular the European Commission, to prioritise support where it is most needed, to assist the hydropower sector to adapt to the constantly evolving energy system.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is part of the multi-partner consortium that created the HYDROPOWER EUROPE forum.

Consultation events will take place over the next two years. This consultation process aims to involve all interested stakeholders to ensure that views are taken into account in developing the way forward for the European hydropower community. 

All stakeholders who would like to contribute to this process can register their details along with some initial feedback, through the HYDROPOWER EUROPE Consultation Platform: https://consultation.hydropower-europe.eu/hydropower-europe-consultation-programme/

Stakeholders are encouraged to register before 6 March, so their initial feedback can be included in the first round of stakeholder analysis.

A wider consultation process will be undertaken during the following 24 months through various online consultation events combined with a series of regional workshops, including meetings in Lullea (Sweden), Lausanne (Switzerland), Crete (Greece) and Brussels.

Read more: hydropower.org/hydropower-europe

19 February 2019

A new online community and mobile app launched by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) will connect the worldwide hydropower community and serve as a platform for sharing good practices.

Hydropower Pro is designed to support hydropower professionals from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific to exchange experiences and collaborate with one another. The platform is available as a website – hydropower.org/pro – and as a mobile app for Apple iPhone and Google Android devices. 

Exclusively available to members of IHA, Hydropower Pro gives users access to more than 20 online groups focused on specialist topics, along with access to essential and exclusive downloadable resources.

It is home to IHA’s 11 knowledge networks covering topics such as asset management, finance and investment, river basin development, regional interconnections, communications, clean energy systems, climate mitigation, climate resilience and sediment management.

Hydropower Pro provides a hive of news and information from IHA’s team of analysts. Users can discover opportunities, discuss new trends and common challenges, and stay updated with instant and weekly email alerts.

Richard Taylor, Chief Executive of IHA said: “The launch of Hydropower Pro represents a new era for the International Hydropower Association in terms of the service we provide to our members. It supports our strategic objective to build a vibrant, inclusive and proactive hydropower community and create an open, innovative and trusted platform for knowledge.”

Will Henley, Head of Communications at IHA, said: “This project recognised that the hydropower sector was in need of an effective digital platform for individuals to connect and collaborate with one another. Whether you are an engineer, a managing director, a sustainability consultant or an academic, Hydropower Pro is for you. It will help you to expand your professional network and build your understanding of good practices across a range of topics.”

Hydropower Pro is available to IHA individual members and corporate representatives from member organisations. Existing members can request an invitation to join Hydropower Pro by contacting communications@hydropower.org. If you would like to learn more about membership, please contact IHA’s Membership Team: www.hydropower.org/contact-us

Testimonials:

“Hydropower Pro is a rich source of knowledge for the international hydropower community. It provides up-to-date, authoritative coverage of a broad range of news, events, issues and facts for the sector. In Hydropower Pro members will find a wealth of material of relevance to their businesses or regions, and an outstanding platform for the sharing of information” - Colin Clark, Chief Technical Officer for Brookfield Renewable and IHA Vice President.

“Hydropower Pro offers a new link into the extensive world of hydropower. It helps me stay updated with the latest issues and events and network in my areas of interest. IHA’s team have done a great job bringing this tool to life.” - Roger Gill, independent hydropower consultant and IHA Vice President.

Hydropower Pro has made my life easier as a board member of IHA. I can easily in one place access all material published by IHA, board documents, member information and participate in discussion groups.” – Dr Óli Sveinsson, Executive Vice president of Research and Development at Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland.

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